Born in New York City, Virginia McNeice attended Pratt Institute of Art and has studied at the Art Student’s League, SUNY Albany, Skidmore College and the Vermont Studio Center. McNeice’s work in pastel and oil is inspired by nature, and her primary focus is upon color relationships, contrast and the effect of light at various times of the day. She lives and works on an old farm in Cambridge, New York which is surrounded by her personal garden.
“I paint the landscape because I live in a beautiful area of upstate New York. When I stand out in a field in front of the woods, a pasture or pond I am stimulated by all the possibilities that present themselves to me – the colors – the light – the dark shapes. It is all so wonderful and full of promise.”
Nature and Transition show me the way.
“The traditions of artist from the past, their techniques and very personal interpretations of what they see have always proved exciting and inspirational to me. I am drawn to the long shadows and strong contrasts of a tree line with early morning light, the play of experimenting with and exaggerating the colors in a landscape. Even when I am confronted with a “green” landscape, my love of color compels me to find the turquoise in the hedgerow, violet in the shadows and pinks in the grasses. My greatest challenge, and where I find the most joy, is making the same scene new every time I approach it.”